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About Us

Our Mission

ABCG’s overarching mission is to advance understanding of critical biodiversity conservation challenges and their solutions in sub-Saharan Africa. We aspire to produce applicable knowledge and put it into practice.

Our Approach

ABCG creates innovative conservation solutions by fostering collaborative and adaptive learning opportunities that help practitioners improve, scale and replicate, while generating valuable user-driven knowledge disseminated globally.

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Our History

Beginning in 1999, representatives from founding ABCG member organizations created an informal partnership to discuss the value of focused collaboration as a way to achieve greater conservation impact than the members could acting individually. They agreed that a number of priority biodiversity issues were not being adequately addressed by any one institution or the development assistance community at large. In addition, the complexities of many of these issues required a range of expertise and experience that no one institution possessed.

From these discussions there emerged a clear need to go beyond what any U.S-based NGO was currently doing or could possibly do on its own. Growing out of this need, representatives from the member organizations formed the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group.

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Our MEmbers

ABCG is a voluntary coalition of seven US-based international conservation non-governmental organizations with extensive field programs in Africa: African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, The Jane Goodall Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund.

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Our GOvernance

ABCG is led by a Secretariat and a Steering Committee who, together, provide vision, direction, leadership and management to the overall ABCG effort across thematic working groups.

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